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A recital by
Gunnar Johansen -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... a floodtide of seismic power and romantic fervor ...'

Gunnar Johansen - The Artist Direct. © 2009 Gunnar & Lorraine Johansen Charitable Trust

As a student in his native Denmark pianist and composer Johansen studied with pianist and conductor Victor Schiöler. Subsequently, in Berlin, he became a pupil of Frederic Lamond and Egon Petri, the protégé of Ferruccio Busoni.

He emigrated to America in 1929 first settling in California, and later teaching as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He was thus the first artist in residence as a musician at any university in the USA and became a major advocate of Busoni's mature works, recording the lot. In addition he committed the almost complete keyboard works of J S Bach to LPs...

Copyright © 25 May 2011 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: GUNNAR JOHANSEN - THE ARTIST DIRECT

GUNNAR JOHANSEN

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

FRYDERYCK CHOPIN

FRANZ LISZT

FERRUCCIO BUSONI

JOHANN STRAUSS

DENMARK

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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